President Donald Trump reportedly had a new-and-improved, room-sized “golf simulator” game installed at the White House, according to The Washington Post — a setup that cost about $50,000.
The system, which allows Trump to play virtual golf at courses all over the world by hitting the ball into a large video screen, replaced an older and less sophisticated system that was installed under former President Barack Obama.
A White House official told The Post that Trump’s new game was installed during the last few weeks in his personal quarters.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the president’s private residence, said Trump had paid for the new system and the installation personally.
President Trump has built his schedules around long blocks of “executive time” — unstructured periods in the day where the president’s schedules show no official meetings. He often spends this time watching TV, tweeting, holding impromptu meetings and making phone calls**,** aides have said.
That Trump is playing virtual golf inside the White House comes as no shock — he plays real-world golf rather frequently as well.
According to a Washington Post analysis, Trump has played golf outdoors “about 139 times as president, largely at his own golf clubs”, though that number could be higher. The Post acknowledged that, “There is no way to have an exact count because he usually does not acknowledge having played.”
Though Trump complained about Obama’s golfing habits, as president he has averaged about twice as many golf outings per year as his predecessor.
But this winter, as Trump’s demand for a border wall triggered a month-long government shutdown, Trump stayed off the golf course for about 69 days, the longest such period of his presidency. Trump broke the streak on Feb. 2, playing with golf legends Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus at Trump’s course in Jupiter, Fla.
Officials at TrackMan did not respond to multiple requests for comment asking if they provided the White House’s new system.
The Post noted that the TrackMan system’s starting price is $49,995.